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Eagles release former second-round pick CB Sidney Jones

Eagles, Sidney Jones

Sidney Jones has struggled to remain healthy early in his career and his time with the Philadelphia Eagles could be coming to an end. Ahead of the NFL’s deadline for teams to reduce their rosters to 53 players, the Eagles are expected to release Jones, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Back in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Eagles used the No. 43 pick on Jones, a cornerback out of Washington. Philadelphia selected Jones despite him tearing his Achilles on his Pro Day ahead of the draft.

Jones would begin his rookie season on the reserve/non-football injury list before being activated later in the 2017 season. As a rookie, he played in just one game, logging two tackles for the Eagles.

In his sophomore campaign, Jones was motivated to prove that he was healthy after his Achilles injury. He would begin the 2018 campaign as the starting nickel cornerback in Philadelphia’s secondary. However, a nagging hamstring injury limited him to only nine games.

Entering the 2019 season, Jones was expected to compete for a starting job alongside Rasul Douglas and Ronald Darby. The Washington product would proceed to start in four games, notching the first two interceptions of his career. While he also contributed eight pass breakups, Jones missed four more games last season.

Upon acquiring Darius Slay and Nickell Robey-Coleman, the Eagles are suddenly crowded at cornerback. Despite the moves the team made, Jones iterated earlier this offseason that Eagles fans ‘haven’t seen nothing yet’, hinting at a breakout season from him in 2020. But with Jones failing to prove he was worth a second-round pick, Philadelphia is moving on from him.